Mahmood Kolnegari and Richard Harness

Mahmood Kolnegari was born and raised in Arak, central Iran. He is currently studying as a PhD researcher of Natural Resources and Sustainable Development at the University of Cordoba, Spain. He founded Iran’s Birds and Power Lines Committee and has conducted several conservation projects focusing on vertebrates and their habitats, particularly Iran’s birds of prey in protected areas and landfills, and wildfowl in national wetlands.
Richard Harness is a certified Wildlife Biologist at the consulting firm EDM International, located in Fort Collins, Colorado, USA. He holds an MSc in Fishery and Wildlife Biology from Colorado State University where his thesis was conducted on raptor electrocutions, looking at the problem from an engineering viewpoint. His specific area of interest is wildlife–utility interactions, including bird collisions and electrocutions on power lines. He works both nationally and internationally with a variety of utility companies, has developed over 100 Avian Protection Plans and Avian Risk Assessments, and has authored or co-authored over 100 papers on the topic.